About Us

Mission

The mission of Horizons at Saint David’s is to prevent academic slide by providing a rich academic and cultural experience for boys from low-income, diverse families during their elementary school years. Horizons boys experience a continuum of support that cultivates a sense of connection to a broader community which helps them achieve their full potential.

The founding of Horizons at Saint David's

Saint David's is an elementary school for boys of all faiths. Its emphasis on service to others, compassion and community action is integral to the fulfillment of the school's mission "... that they be good men."

Consistent with its mission, Saint David’s chose to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary milestone in 2011 by reaching beyond its own immediate community to contribute to the greater good. After extensive research into summer learning programs, Saint David’s affiliated with Horizons National, a network of 45 summer enrichment programs. Horizons at Saint David’s was the first Horizons affiliate in Manhattan, and the first all-boys program.

Horizons at Saint David’s has grown from 17 boys in a single grade in summer 2012 to 75 boys in five grades in summer 2016. Each year we add a new class of rising first graders. We anticipate an enrollment of 115 boys in grades 1-8 when the program is at full capacity in 2019.

To reach boys who would both qualify and benefit from the program, Horizons at Saint David’s partners with public and parochial schools in Harlem. Once boys are admitted to the program, they are invited to return each summer until they are ready for high school.

History of Horizons National

The first Horizons program was launched in 1964 in New Canaan, CT to serve children from low-income families in lower Fairfield County. In 1981, Yale University conducted a formal evaluation of the program, which highlighted the benefits for the children served and clearly demonstrated that the model reduces summer learning loss. Building on this evaluation, Horizons National was formed in 1995 to replicate this model in other communities. Each Horizons affiliate is reflective of its local community and identifies its own objectives while adhering to a set of principals common to all.

Horizons National now serves 4,500 students at 45 sites in 15 states. Overall, the network boasts a 98% high school graduation rate, with 94% of graduates going on to college. Click here to learn more.


Contact: Meg Sheridan, Executive Director, 12 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128, Phone: 212-369-0058, E-mail: msheridan@sdshorizons.org